Tuesday January 8, 2013
PBSI hire Rexy but BAM still dithering
KUALA LUMPUR: Perhaps the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) can learn something from the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) when it comes to taking decisive action.
While BAM are still dithering over the appointment of a national coaching director, the PBSI have got their man – appointing the popular Rexy Mainaky as the supremo.
The move could see the re-emergence of Indonesia as badminton powerhouses and serve as a warning to Malaysia, and even China.
The PBSI have somehow weaved their magic wand to coax Rexy out of his lucrative job as the national coaching director in the Philippines.
The former Olympic Games champion, who left Malaysia to join the Philippines early last year, began work in Indonesia on Jan 1.
Indonesia have also engaged former world champion Susi Susanti to coach their women’s singles shuttlers.
With mastermind Christian Hadinata as their advisor, Indonesia are clearly on the right path as they seek to restore their nation’s battered pride.
The revamps comes in the wake of Indonesia’s worst-ever year. Last year, none of their players won an Olympic medal in London for the first time and they also failed to make the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup Finals for the very first time.
Malaysia’s national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her expects Rexy’s return to boost Indonesia’s bid to find able replacements for their aging men’s singles and doubles stars – Taufik Hidayat and Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan.
“Rexy’s coaching expeiences in England and Malaysia will stand him in good stead as he assesses Indonesia’s situation from a different perspective. It’s a good move for Rexy and Indonesia,” said Kim Her.
“These changes should motivate us to strive harder. We must redouble our effort and work as a team.”
And what about BAM’s search for a national coaching director?
According to BAM general manager Kenny Goh there’s been no progress since their failure to hire South Korean legend Park Joo-bong.
“For now, Kim Her and Rashid Sidek have full mandate to manage the singles and doubles departments while we continue our search,” said Kenny.